Harden recorded his second consecutive 50-point game, this time posting a season-high 58 points in a losing effort. This comes after scoring 57 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, as he extended his streak with at least 30 points to 18 games in a row. Although, he only shot 5-of-18 from three-point range, while his team set an NBA record by shooting 70 three-point attempts, but only made 23 of them. The MVP favorite has at least 40 points in nine of his past 12 games, as he shot 16-of-34 from the floor on Wednesday, along with 21-for-23 from the free throw line. He also added 10 rebounds and six assists in another masterful performance.
The Rockets led by double digits for most of the the first three quarters, as well as by 11 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Dinwiddie forced overtime by nailing a game-tying three-pointer with 30 seconds left in regulation. James Nunnally and Treveon Graham added big three-pointers in the extra period, helping Brooklyn build a seven-point lead in overtime. The Rockets did rally to make the ending interesting, but Gerald Green missed on a three-point try as time expired, sealing a loss that drops Houston behind the San Antonio Spurs for seventh in the Western Conference. The Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks on the road Wednesday night.
Houston did beat their own record for three-point attempts in a game, which was set in December of 2016 when they shot 60 attempts from beyond the arc against the New Orleans Pelicans. They do hold the record for three-pointers made in a single game, which is 26, and they set that against the Washington Wizards earlier this season.
The Rockets will have to swallow this defeat as they move on to host the Los Angeles Lakers in the debut of NBA Saturday Night on ABC. Meanwhile, the Nets look to keep being the surprise of the league when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night.